papers, books, teacher’s dirty looks…

Wow.  Summer flew by us far too quick. We are now back in session.  This will be the busiest year for this mama yet.  Isa is in 3rd grade now, learning cursive and all.  Andre is starting 2nd, Olivia is joining in with Kindergarten, and Miss Josephine is just beside herself with excitement as she begins preschool.  We are hustling and bustling around these parts.  Daily routines are making way to a happy steady family rythmn…at least that’s the “plan” :)

Shall I won’t mention here– in this place where I try to remember the “good” in each day– that it takes awhile for us to adjust?  Not everyone is pleased to do their work, not everyone is obedient, there are issues of respect for authority, and following directions isn’t everyone’s cup-of-tea.  We’ll get there, I know.  But sadly, amongst the papers and books, teacher has given plenty of dirty looks.

Don’t judge me.  I’m working on it.

Day by day I know we’ll all get to a place where expectations of new and wonderful lessons are on the forefront of every child’s mind. I don’t know how to achieve it, but I am making it my aim to instill a love for learning in them.  If you love to learn, you are self-motivated and curious.  I do believe this is the longest and most important lesson.  Wish me luck, or rather, pray.  Miracles happen, I’m sure of it.

What keeps your children motivated to learn?  I am praying that our switch in curriculum is the key.  Fun, memorable, unit studies are at our disposal.  Here’s to prayer and steadfastness.  It’s not easy to home school, it’s not always fun to home school, but it is this family’s calling and we’re sticking it out to the end.  Family in tote, books on shelf, Bible in hand, prayers on heart, with my loins girded…I’m heading into this sucker head-on.  Here’s to another year of learning.  *Raised coffee mug*  Yes, I’ve back-slid.  I fell off the wagon.  I’m drinking coffee.  And that’s all I got to say ’bout that.

First day of school 2011.

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4 thoughts on “papers, books, teacher’s dirty looks…

  1. I am a bit overwhelmed a starting Chloe in 2nd grade and Isaac in kindergarten with a 3 yo and a newborn as well! What are you using this year for curriculum?

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    1. We are using Konos for our curriculum, Singapore Math, and Growing with Grammer/ Soaring with Spelling. LOVE it all.

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  2. Awe, I love your enthusiasm, your love and commitment. We will be starting our third year into homeschooling this year and how exhausting it has been. Yes I get the same kinds of dirty looks, and it’s hard for me to keep motivation. But the Lord has brought me through, and through tears and stress, one step forward. Every day is a new day, and thankfully, His mercies are new every morning. I have not figured out what keeps mine motivated to learn. I think some big factors could possibly be is mama’s motivation, enthusiasm and keeping POSITIVE! And to string God throughout the learning, through books, through attitudes, through work and responsibility, making Him the center.

    What a lovely picture of your home schooling brood. In your weakness He is made strong. May He get all the glory as you fulfill His calling on your life.

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  3. I love this picture! BUT, the coffee…..oh Jennee….I’m so disappointed! ;) If you find the key to blissful and serene daily learning, let me know. Our schooldays are about like yours.

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